The Colours of the Fall 2015

Have you bought anything new this fall? If not yet, here are a few ideas what trend is hot and what colours are ‘must’ have in your wardrobe this season. As always, I am picking the most feminine and elegant looks from runways, designer boutiques and shopping malls. Let’s see what are my favourites…

Fifty shades of blue by DvF. Famouse warp dress is always a classic.

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Tribal boho look by Tom Ford.

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70s Glam by Zara.

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Oversized jackets by Kenzo.

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Sporty Chic Jumpsuit by H&M.

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Lady in Red trend.

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Minimalistic Urban Cut by Hugo Boss.

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Book Alert for Modern Parents! Hate me now, thank me later.

I gathered a few reviews for this book from goodreads.com and other book review sites… Hopefully it will give you a good overview and you can decide if you want to read the whole book. I liked it!

Over the past few decades, the power structure intrinsic to the family unit has flip-flopped. Children have become the center of the universe, ruling the roost with some serious ramifications for their wellbeing. By trying to constantly please their children and make them happy, parents are actually making their children anxious. In attempting to veer from the strictness of their own upbringing, many parents have gone too far the other way, showering praise onto their children in the hope of increasing self-esteem, forgetting that self-control is a key to instilling self-confidence.

Dr. Robin Berman’s extensive clinical experience has helped parents and children navigate the emotional and psychological minefields of family dynamics. In this essential parenting guide, she strikes the perfect balance of advice, anecdote, and research, explaining why parents need to be in charge and providing the tools they can use to give their children what they really need: limits, time, and more love. The whole book consists of ten chapter’s ranging from basics of how to react to and talk to your kids appropriately, how to teach them that failure is part of the process of success, minimizing media influences, and more. I enjoyed the Shrink Notes at the end of each chapter, making it easy to re-read the lessons that were taught in the chapter in case you missed anything. It is a lot of information to take in all at once. The book isn’t about one section of parenting, like some other books, but incorporates all of parenting do’s and don’ts.

One more opinion…

With so many parenting styles to choose from, when it comes to giving your child the best start in life it can be difficult to know which way to turn. Psychiatrist and mother Robin Burman’s brilliant new book shows you the way: Hate Me Now, Thank Me Later is the definitive guide to helping your child grow with both love and discipline. Whilst in years gone by children were seen and not heard, too often nowadays their every whim and tantrum is pandered to. As much as the former is unthinkable, the latter can also be damaging to a child’s later life: over praised children allowed to set their own limits often become anxious and are unable to deal with the negative emotions they will eventually encounter. Hate Me Now, Thank Me Later finds the perfect balance between the outdated old and the unfortunate new. Through helpful guidance based on Robin’s extensive experience as both a certified psychiatrist and mother, it will teach you to be comfortable setting boundaries whilst maintaining a loving connection; fostering confidence, respect and emotional maturity in your child as a result. Packed with practical advice alongside plenty of sympathetic anecdotes, Hate Me Now, Thank Me Later is the warm, relatable guide to parenting which you can come back to again and again. Robin Berman, MD, is a psychiatrist; associate professor at UCLA; and a founding board member of the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.

Putin’s speech at the UN.

CNN article reports: Vladimir Putin is back and stealing Barack Obama’s thunder. The Russian president showed up at the United Nations on Monday for the first time in a decade, proposing a coup against U.S. global leadership and seeking to wrest control of a coalition battling ISIS away from America’s grip.

And he wasn’t the only leader of a country challenging the United States to effectively upstage Obama at the annual global meeting, which a U.S. president traditionally uses to command the spotlight. Speeches by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the 70th anniversary of the creation of the world body also left Obama defending not only his personal foreign policy legacy, which is already under assault at home from Republican presidential candidates, but the entire concept of a world order based on seven decades of U.S. global leadership.

The day of speech-making, which also included an address by Cuban leader Raul Castro and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, underscored the multipolar challenges to U.S. power, as slumbering empires seek a resurgence and America faces military challenges from Eastern Europe across the Middle East to Asia.

Obama has embraced a policy of encouraging other actors to address threats in their region, for instance pulling Saudi Arabia and Jordan into the coalition to fight ISIS. But the approach means that other forces joining the fray — including Iran and now Russia in Syria — may not necessarily agree with America’s preferred end game. Obama offered a full-throated justification of his policies — particularly emphasizing diplomacy over the use of force — in his own U.N. address, but he seemed on the defensive amid claims by critics that his policies have emboldened U.S. adversaries.

The most ardent challenger on Monday was Putin, who appears to be probing openings in Ukraine and Syria where he believes the U.S. president will not resist. He recently ordered a military buildup in Syria apparently in support of President Bashar al-Assad, a longtime Russian client, and went behind Washington’s back to conclude an anti-ISIS intelligence alliance with Iran, Syria and Iraq just this weekend.

 

Colorful and boldly patterned luxury style of Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci is an Italian brand, which produces clothing and accessories for women, and ties, shirts for men. The colorful distinctive prints became the defining feature of the brand and the icon of the 1960-s.
There is a joke that Emilio Pucci can be seen a mile away.
His distinctive prints were always recognizable. The bright patterns of Emilio became famous all over the world more than half century ago. This feature is still a symbol of the brand.

Marquis Emilio Pucci di Barsento is a founder of the brand. He was born in November 20, 1914 in the aristocratic family. His family belonged to the oldest noble families of Florence. First Emilio studied at the University of Milan, and then left for the USA to continue his studies. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Science and was awarded with a doctorate in political science.

emilio-pucci-19471The way of Emilio Pucci to fashion was extraordinary and was a game of chance. Young Emilio was fond of skiing and was even included to the Olympic team of Italy. His hobby was to design skiwear so he designed clothes for the skiing team of the Reed College in Oregon. The design was so unusual that his work came to wider attention. The original skiwear was noticed by Diana Vriland, a chief editor of Harper’s Bazaar. She first met Emilio at the competition in 1934 and liked the design developed by him. When the photos with his works were published in the fashion magazine, the young designer received an invitation from the US luxury department store «Lord & Tailor». His sleek designs were a sensation and many American companies wanted to work with Emilio Pucci.

Emilio Pucci set up an haute couture house in the fashionable resort of Capri in 1949. His business thrived and other boutiques of the designer appeared in Rome, Elba and Montecatini.

He experimented with stretch fabrics for the production of swimwear line. Then he worked over boldly patterned silk scarves. Being encouraged by Stanley Marcus, the co-owner of Neiman-Marcus, he started making blouses and dresses for women, using patterned material.

1333443085_pucci_1Emilio Pucci combined geometric and art nouveau designs working over the wall coverings, glasses, underwear, sheets, towels, bath products and air uniforms. He was a many-sided person, who travelled much, was multilingual, entered the Olympic team, was an air-force pilot, worked as a teacher of Italian to make ends meet after the war, participated in the Italian election for the Italian liberal party in 1963 and developed the tree birds’ motif for the Apollo 15 mission, so his design was even on Moon!

His designs were light and comfortable. Pucci was the first who designed Capri pants. Distinctively patterned Pucci print included 16 colors in one design. He created clothes for women with different level of income and provided unprecedented freedom of movement to them. Sensual designs with free-flowing lines were loved by all, as they were feminine, elegant and emphasized the natural curves of the body. Gina Lollobrigida, Elizabeth Taylor, Kennedy Onassis, Madonna liked to wear his clothes.

pucciNow the global network of the brand includes more than 50 brands. It is not exaggeration to say that Emilio Pucci was one of the designers who stood at the origins of luxury “made-in-Italy” style that is so highly assessed nowadays.

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Dealing with Toddler Tantrums

For this post I used advice from Dr Sears from www.parenting.com

Identify the triggers
Is he tired, bored, hungry or frustrated? Keeping a tantrum journal will clue you in to what sets your child off. For example, if tantrums occur when she/he’s overwhelmed by lots of other children, stay alert to this trigger and intervene before your little volcano erupts. One of my children would crumble whenever he tried to retrieve a toy stuck under the couch or to stack a tower of blocks that kept toppling. When we saw him engaging in either activity, we would simply sit down and help—always being careful to show him how to do it, rather than to do it for him. You want to assume the role of facilitator for your child, teaching him to perform feats more easily or redirecting him to less frustrating activities. It also helps to know your child’s pre-tantrum signals (body language, facial expressions). Quickly step in when you see them crop up.

Identify the purpose of the tantrums
Tantrums come in two forms: frustration tantrums and manipulative tantrums. Frustration tantrums require your empathy and support. These emotional outbursts an opportunity to get closer to your child and to teach him to value you as a helpful, comforting resource. If he gets stuck trying to climb higher than he’s able, for example, offer him a helping hand. Your support is especially valuable if he’s going through the “I do it myself” stage.

Manipulative tantrums (“I’ll throw a fit until I get my way!”) need to be parented more creatively. If your child is throwing an obviously manipulative tantrum, don’t indulge him. Simply be on standby a few feet away, making it clear that you’re there to help him when he calms down and asks for what he needs in a more appropriate manner. Your child will gradually get the message that undesirable behavior gets him nowhere. Other times, you’ll just have to offer a substitute (“You can’t play with the knife, but you can play with a spoon”) and explain the reason.

Teach him alternative ways of expressing his feelings
Part of childhood development is learning what language gets one’s needs met and what doesn’t. When your son is yelling and screaming, calmly put your hand on his shoulders, look him in the eye, and say, “Use your nice voice, and tell Mommy what you need.”

Know your anger tolerance
If you lose patience easily when your child throws a tantrum, know when to walk away. Count to ten (or more!) so that you can gather your thoughts and react calmly. Remember, your child is simply acting his age. You aren’t responsible for his tantrum, nor for stopping it. When a toddler loses control, he should at least be able to count on the adults to stay in control.

Know when to intervene
Some children get themselves so worked up during a tantrum that they vomit. Others may deliberately hold their breath and, on occasion, even pass out. In these cases, “holding therapy” works best. Hold your child in a relaxed and comforting way (even if he squirms) and reassure him with the most soothing voice you can muster. The message you’re trying to convey is that he’s lost control and you’re there to help him regain it. Later in life, when your child is past the tantrum stage, his memories of calm during the stormy behavior will prove valuable.